Headaches and whiplash: Chiropractic

Posttraumatic headaches refer to a type of headache that is related to either a direct blow to the head or the result of a whiplash injury. In a whiplash injury the forces that act on the head and neck are often much greater than the force applied to the body.
Posttraumatic headache may result in loss of consciousness, amnesia, insomnia, anxiety, depression, vertigo and problems concentrating. Lingering headaches can be one of the most debilitating symptoms of whiplash.
Whiplash injury to the muscles of the neck may also result in headaches. In such instances headaches may be accompanied by fatigue, vertigo, poor concentration, vision problems and light sensitivity. Trigger points in the muscles of the neck are known to refer pain into the face and neck and are associated with vertigo when compressed or irritated. Women are more at risk of injury to the muscles of the neck in a whiplash due to less muscle mass. Persons with pre existing degeneration of the joints or previous whiplash or neck injury are also at greater risk of lingering effects of whiplash. Side impact collisions are often more dangerous to the neck and head than are frontal impacts. Myofascial release techniques are one of the most effective Chiropractic techniques to address injury to the muscles and trigger points.

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